America’s War With Its Dark Side, Part 2

September 3, 2014 8:18 PM3 comments

nfbentonpicIt may be difficult to grasp the idea that the vicious, murderous cult known as ISIS is the brainchild of Western intelligence services.

How in the world can that be? Who would be so wicked as to allow such a development? Well, the nefarious world of covert intelligence ops is often messy, and difficult to control.

But ISIS grew out of the filthy petri dish that the George W. Bush administration, hands down the worst ever in the history of the U.S., planted in Iraq over a decade ago.

If it can help the Obama administration figure out how to contain and defeat ISIS by shining some sunlight beneath the rock under which ISIS and the CIA have been co-habitating, then this is important.

By appearances, ISIS functions like a classic cult that uses brainwashing as its essential component. Cults go way back in history. They’re really nothing new at all, but it is safe to say that since World War II particularly unsavory factions in the U.S. and British intelligence services thought they’d stumbled on something new when they examined western POW’s returning from the Korean War and were enamored by the ways in which the Chinese had mastered the art of brainwashing.

A cautionary book and film were produced in the late 1950s, The Manchurian Candidate, by intelligence elements wanting to warn the nation. The Manchurian Candidate was about American interests accommodating Chinese brainwashing methods to their own evil aims against the domestic U.S. population.

Around the same time William Sargant authored an explosive book entitled The Battle for the Mind: A Physiology of Conversion and Brain-Washing. It included a subtitle, “How Evangelists, Psychiatrists, Politicians and Medicine Men Can Change Your Beliefs and Behavior.” In it, “Sargant spells out and illustrates the basic technique used by evangelists, psychiatrists and brain-washers to disperse the patterns of belief and behavior already established in the minds of their hearers, and to substitute new patterns for them.”

It marked the first time the core tenets of Chinese brainwashing, taking advantage of battle fatigue and “post-traumatic stress syndrome” symptoms among the Korean War soldiers by relying most heavily on theories of conditioning developed by the Russian psychologist Ivan Pavlov (1849-1936), popularized by reference to “Pavlov’s dogs,” who famously could be conditioned to begin salivating even when there was no food present.

Sargant preferred Pavlovian conditioning theory because it explained how people can be induced to change their fundamental world views seemingly suddenly. In this model, the change is induced by an intense trauma to begin with, which causes disorientation, as individuals “lose judgment and perspective and react to a slight question or a major challenger with the same degree of irritability.”

In brainwashing, Charles Swencionis, Ph.D., wrote in a preface to a 1996 reprint of Sargent’s book, “trauma is applied through sleep deprivation, relentless pressure of an alternative ideology, and physical abuse. In religious conversion, the trauma is internal, a conflict between fear of hellfire and damnation versus acceptance of a new religion…Alternatively, pressure of a heightened emotional pitch can come from repetitive drum-beating, chanting, dancing and drug or alcohol use.”

This is a formula for the modern creation of cults, and the CIA went wild covertly forming and nourishing them domestically and abroad beginning in the early 1950s.

Sargent cites in a foreward to his 1996 edition the case of Methodism in England in the late 1700s: “Highly emotional preaching resulted in the conversion of large areas of the British Isles, helping to stave off political revolution at a time when Western Europe and North America were in ferment.”

It produced conversions “rather than intellectual arguments…by causing alterations in the subject’s brain function.”
To this day the U.S. legal system does not recognize that brainwashing exists: namely, that some persons can induce internal changes in the minds of other persons that those other persons do not willfully hold and that can cause them to adopt behaviors contrary to their own self-interest.

Only in the area of “co-dependent behavior” of battered victims of domestic abuse is something akin to this starting to be recognized.

(To be continued)




  • Donna Lynne Smithsilver

    “But ISIS grew out of the filthy petri dish that the George W. Bush administration, hands down the worst ever in the history of the U.S., planted in Iraq over a decade ago”.. Ok, but who had the tastiest petri dish ? Actually, the way I understand it, these folks have been fighting forever, history indicates few lived in peace and joy… Here is a sample..Assurnasirpal rejoiced “in having regaled the inhabitants of Calah and ‘the happy people of all the lands,’ and in having sent them back to their homes ‘in peace and joy.’ [Samuel Noah Kramer, Cradle of Civilization (New York: Time Incorporated, 1967), p. 59.] … He surpassed all in the practice of terror… – “Not only were the rebellious or recalcitrant rulers put to death, flayed and their skin ‘spread over the walls of their city’, but in a few, exceptional cases unarmed prisoners and innocent civilians, were….tortured with sadistic refinements:
    “’I built a pillar over against his city gate and I flayed all the chiefs who had revolted, and I covered the pillar with their skin. Some I walled up within the pillar, some I impaled upon the pillar on stakes,and others I bound to stakes round about the pillar … And I cut the limbs of the officers, of the royal officers who had rebelled…
    ‘Many captives from among them I burned with fire, and many I took as living captives. From some I cut off their noses, their ears and their fingers, of many I put out the eyes. I made one pillar of the living and another of…. heads…, and I bound their heads to tree trunks round about the city….. Their young men and maidens I burned in the fire….‘Twenty men I captured alive and I immured them in the wall of
    his palace …‘The rest of their warriors I consumed with thirst in the desert of the
    Euphrates…’” [ARAB, I, #489; ARI, II # 653, quoted in Roux pp.290=-291.] He was also interested in “zoology and botany. So the beat goes on and on.

  • Any chance you will not continue this gibberish? Almost (key word: almost) makes me wish for those columns about how football is the downfall of America.

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